When I started this blog I knew next to nothing about blogs and blogging and for quite a while I just wrote and posted and continued knowing nothing. Eventually I started to study, look at other blogs, figured out how to add more features and discovered Freshly Pressed. In spite of the poor odds I instantly aspired to have a post on Freshly Pressed where supposedly 10 new posts are chosen each weekday. So I learned how to add pictures and links and tried to get past my lifelong inability to write a good title.
Then I started realizing that the odds of being picked are far worse than I realized. First, they don’t actually add new posts every weekday (sometimes the same ones are up for four or five days) and often when they do it’s less than ten. Among those few that are picked it seems there’s a bias in favor of photography blogs. Among blogs that are mainly text the content is usually sarcastic or snarky. And unless it’s the week before Christmas a spirituality post has about as much chance of being chosen as you have of being hit by an asteroid.
Okay, so I let go of expectations re: Freshly Pressed. I’m actually not all that disappointed as the ambition led me to lots of good things. I’m enjoying hunting for photos that suit my posts—and more and more creating shots myself. The links are easy to add and I like giving people sites for great teachers and interesting ideas. All that blog reading has been fun and I’ve “met” a lot of very nice people. The process led me to figure out Zemanta. Some of the links Zemanta has suggested have introduced me to new blogs I liked.
Many blessings have been born of that Freshly Pressed ambition so I’m glad I jumped into the quest to be chosen. I guess desire could have led to suffering here if I chose to be disappointed or bitter but I’m just grateful for what I learned and I think it made my blog better. I won’t change what I write to be more Freshly Pressed friendly so I bid the ambition farewell and continue writing my little pieces here in the Bluegrass.
- Five Ways to Get Featured on Freshly Pressed – Support – WordPress.com (amorsthoughts.wordpress.com)
- Just for fun…. How to get Freshly Pressed! (arindammohapatra.wordpress.com)
- I Have Been Freshly Pressed! (northernnarratives.wordpress.com)
- Testing The Zemanta Feature (enjoyingcreating.wordpress.com)